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Leslie Odom, Jr.

Leslie Odom Jr

Fail Up: Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning!

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  • Leslie Odom, Jr. won the Tony Award for the Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of ‘Aaron Burr’ in the blockbuster Broadway musical Hamilton
  • He co-stars in the Hamilton Movie, released on Disney+ in July 2020
  • In 2019, he was in the Oscar nominated film “Harriet”
  • His best-known on the small screen for his portrayal of ‘Sam Strickland’ in the NBC musical series Smash and his recurring role as ‘Reverend Curtis Scott’ on Law & Order: SVU

Leslie Odom, Jr. is a multifaceted Tony and Grammy Award-winning performer, best known for his breakout role as Aaron Burr in the Broadway phenomenon Hamilton. Odom’s self-titled debut album charted at #1 on the Billboard Jazz chart and in winter 2017, he topped the charts again with the re-release of Simply Christmas as a deluxe edition with new arrangements and new songs. His extensive acting career includes film and television roles including Murder on the Orient ExpressRed Tails and Smash. In 2018, he added author to his resume with the release of his book, Failing Up: How to Rise Above, Do Better, and Never Stop Learning. This November, he will star alongside Cynthia Erivo and Janelle Monae in Harriet, a biopic about the extraordinary life of Harriet Tubman and he will be in next year’s highly anticipated film The Many Saints of Newark. Odom recently released his third full-length album and first of original material, entitled Mr in November 2019.

Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning

Leslie shares his life lessons on following your passions, discovering your own potential, and surrounding yourself with the right people. Failing Up is about unlocking your true potential and making your dreams come true even when it seems impossible.

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